The Karnataka landscape
is characterized by a profusion of ancient temples and sacred shrines
that have withstood the vagaries of time. These temples, spread across
the length and breadth of the state, are renowned as much for their magnificent
architecture as for their religious pre-eminence.
growth and proliferation of temples in Karnataka can be ascribed to the
zealous efforts of a succession of royal dynasties who reigned supreme
in the Deccan plateau. The Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Gangas, Vijayanagara
Kings - all of them were devout rulers and prolific temple builders.
During their reign,
each of these kingdoms has given rise to a distinctive school of temple
architecture. While the Badami Chalukyas were the builders of rock cut
caves and ancient temple complexes, the Hoysalas built temples on raised
complex star shaped platforms. The Hoysala temples were characterized
by a wealth of intricate carvings and friezes on the temple walls.
Karnataka has also
been home to prodigious scholars and great spiritual leaders like Adi
Shankaracharya and Saint Basaveshwara who consecrated a number of holy
shrines and temples.
For more information
about the Temples of Karnataka, we have mentioned a table below with all
major temples within the state of Karnataka, just click on the links for
Temples in Karnataka
Karnataka in Details